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The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars

The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
What happens when you build mobility systems entirely around safety? I found out the morning I arrived in Houten, a design experiment set amid the soggy pastures of the Dutch lowlands.I stepped off the train, eyes blurry with an Amsterdam-size hangover, and found a bustling downtown without a car in sight--just throngs of white-haired senior citizens wheeling past on bicycles, their baskets loaded with shopping. I was greeted at Houten’s city hall by the mild-mannered traffic director, Herbert Tiemens, who insisted that we go for a ride. He led me down Houten’s main road, which was not actually a road but a winding path through what looked like a golf course or a soft-edged set from Teletubbies: all lawns and ponds and manicured shrubs. Not a car in sight. We rolled past an elementary school and kindergarten just as the lunch bell rang. Children, some of whom seemed barely out of diapers, poured out, hopped on little pink and blue bicycles, and raced past us, homeward.
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Mary Jander - 10 Unexpected Cities to Love | Future Cities

Mary Jander - 10 Unexpected Cities to Love | Future Cities | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
“Here is a Future Cities valentine to 10 cities around the world that are quietly creating urban paradigms to emulate. (RT @david0fields: Do you love your city?”
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Innovation Districts Create New Urban Spaces for Creativity and Growth

Innovation Districts Create New Urban Spaces for Creativity and Growth | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
“This post also appears on CityMinded’s blog. Cities incubate creativity and serve as labs for innovative ideas and policies. One such idea arising more and more is the innovation district. These di...”
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8 Urban Stories You Might Have Missed in 2013 - Gizmodo

8 Urban Stories You Might Have Missed in 2013 - Gizmodo | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
“8 Urban Stories You Might Have Missed in 2013 Gizmodo ... You've seen all the big headlines for cities this year. But here are a few of the urbanism stories that might have flown under your radar. ...”
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Worth a glance.
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Creativity is the medicine to move from ideas to action

Creativity is the medicine to move from ideas to action | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
“Today in cities around the world people are mobilizing ideas to foster change. From the “indignados” in Madrid, to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York to the massive mobilizations in the Av...”
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Crosswalks for life. Great idea. Public art meets public safety. #raleighDTplan
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America's 20 Fastest-Growing Cities

America's 20 Fastest-Growing Cities | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
“Our annual Fastest-Growing Cities List highlights the 20 metro areas in America growing fastest in terms of population and economy.”
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5 Growing Threats to America’s Cities

5 Growing Threats to America’s Cities | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
“Extreme weather events are on the rise and threaten American cities. Without investing in resilience programs, cities will be left with economic hardship. (It's better to be prepared than to be in denial.”
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Why smart cities need to start at home

Why smart cities need to start at home | Urban Planning | Scoop.it
“ Why smart city planning may need to start in the homes of the elderly.”
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Food for thought.
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